Assistant Professor of Theological Studies
Saint Louis University
"I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse.
Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live"
I joined the Department of Theological Studies in 2008, having completed my doctorate at Catholic University the previous year.
I completed an M.A. in Historical Theology here in 2003 and then moved onto Catholic University, where I earned my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2007. My training is in biblical languages and exegesis, especially textual criticism, although I employ a variety of hermeneutical methods in my teaching and research. Ultimately my goal is to elucidate the theological import of the sacred page and to draw forth its plentitude of meaning as it speaks to us as a living text today.
Much of my work to date has been on the Book of Tobit, but I have ventured into other areas as well, including intertextuality, history of interpretation, Markan intercalatians, ancient Israelite canines, divine deceit, and the Book of Judith. I am currently trying to publish a collection of essays by incarcerated men on the problem of evil. The book is born out of my experience teaching in SLU's Prison Program for inmates at the Eastern Reception and Diagnostic Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, MO.
Prior to arriving at SLU, I taught at several schools in the DC area as well as Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. I returned to SLU in 2008 and currently offer courses in both testaments. At the 200-level, I survey the biblical canon of the Old and New Testaments, reading selections from nearly every book. At the 300-level, I explore various themes and issues in Scripture and also guide my students through detailed exegesis of select passages. I am also privileged to teach THEO 100 Theological Foundations as an introduction to the field of theology, and in 2013 I helped pilot the large-lecture version of the course.
For the past two years, I served as the Director of the Undergraduate Program in the Department of Theological Studies. I am also the winner of the Helen I. Mandeville Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012) and the Avis E. Meyer Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award (2014).
As a native St. Louisan, I enjoy the typical hometown pastimes of Cardinals baseball and Ted Drewes frozen custard, to name a few. I am also the proud owner of a basset hound named Stanley, and I have given him his own page on this site, replete with puppy pictures.